Because state law does not allow him to return the money to the original donors, Victor Gunn, treasurer of former Rep. Nathan Cooper's campaign and also of the Friends of the 158th committee that received Cooper's funds, told the Cape Girardeau Southeast Missourian he will donate the money to charity:
Cooper, a Cape Girardeau Republican, gave up his House seat last week after pleading guilty to federal immigration fraud charges. One of his final official acts was to have Gunn, who had not been told of Cooper's legal problems, to close Cooper's committee and put the money into the Friends of the 158th's account:
All individual donations to Friends of the 158th have been returned, Gunn said. The remaining money, $64,444.20, will be divided equally among the Cape Girardeau chapters of Habitat for Humanity, the Boys and Girls Club, the Senior Center, the Salvation Army, the United Way and Teen Challenge.